The Young Ones Fought the Battle of Bella Wall

The Young Ones Fought the Battle of Bella WallMelody: Joshua Fought the Battle of Jericho
These 11 verses were used at the demonstration 18th of August 2010 to support the accused spokesperson for CJA and the Reclaim power action 16th of December 2009 in Copenhagen. The number in parenthesis are from the full list of verses which follows below. In the end explanation of the different names and their role at the Climate Summit and a background to the song in general.

1.
The young ones fought the battle of Bella wall, Bella wall, Bella wall
The young ones fought the battle of Bella wall,
And the wall came tumbling down.

Go mother tell your children,
Go father tell them too:
The young ones fought at COP15
And the old ones did it too!

2.
Stine fought the battle of Bella wall, Bella wall, Bella wall
Stine fought the battle of Bella wall,
And the wall came tumbling down.

We fight for climate justice.
For Reclaim power too.
For System change – not climate change!
For People’s Assemblies too!

3.
Tannie fought the battle of Bella wall, Bella wall, Bella wall
Tannie fought the battle of Bella wall,
And the wall came tumbling down.

With batons did they chase us
Police used teargas too
Our eyes were pepper sprayed and lost
But never our soul.

Joshua Kahn at the Bella Center bridge confronting the police in the Reclaim power action

4.
Joshua fought the battle of Bella wall, Bella wall, Bella wall
Joshua fought the battle of Bella wall,
And the wall came tumbling down.

He fought for all our freedom!
A United Nations strong!
On that narrow bridge at the Bella wall,
Chanting all along.

5. (13)
Protesters fought the battle of Bella wall, Bella wall, Bella wall
Protesters fought the battle of Bella wall,
And the wall came tumbling down.

One hundred thousand protesters
Two thousand arrested
System change – not climate change
No planet molested!

6. (17)
Media fought the battle of Bella wall, Bella wall, Bella wall
Media fought the battle of Bella wall,
And the wall came tumbling down.

The media they are cuties
On violence they will chat.
Celebrities and beauties,
The story goes like that.

7. (18).
Business fought the battle of Bella wall, Bella wall, Bella wall
Business fought the battle of Bella wall,
And the wall came tumbling down.

We here to make some business!
We are so good at that!
System change – not climate change,
Don’t say the earth is flat!

8. (19)
World leaders fought the battle of Bella wall, Bella wall, Bella wall
World leaders fought the battle of Bella wall,
And the wall came tumbling down.

Small island states are crazy,
Bolivia is as well!
We here must show our leadership:
So we can go to hell!

9. (20).
Police fought the battle of Bella wall, Bella wall, Bella wall
Police fought the battle of Bella wall,
And the wall came tumbling down.

We seldom chant it openly:
Beneath that uniform,
You sexy, irresistable
Forget about the norm!

10. (21).
Lömmels fought the battle of Bella wall, Bella wall, Bella wall
Lömmels fought the battle of Bella wall,
And the wall came tumbling down.

The claim we all are criminals,
In Danish ”lömmels” all!
This label is so beautiful,
We write on the wall!

11. (25)
Singers fought the battle of Bella wall, Bella wall, Bella wall
Singers fought the battle of Bella wall,
And the wall came tumbling down.

The chanting is our trumpets!
Just hear the fruitful sound:
System change – not climate change,
The whole wide world around!

All the verses:

The Young Ones Fought the Battle at Bella Wall

Melody: Joshua Fought the Battle of Jericho

1.
The young ones fought the battle of Bella wall, Bella wall, Bella wall
The young ones fought the battle of Bella wall,
And the wall came tumbling down.

Go mother tell your children,
Go father tell them too:
The young ones fought at COP15
And the old ones did it too!

2.
Stine fought the battle of Bella wall, Bella wall, Bella wall
Stine fought the battle of Bella wall,
And the wall came tumbling down.

We fight for climate justice.
For Reclaim power too.
For System change – not climate change!
For People’s Assemblies too!

3.
Tannie fought the battle of Bella wall, Bella wall, Bella wall
Tannie fought the battle of Bella wall,
And the wall came tumbling down.

With batons did they chase us
Police used teargas too
Our eyes were pepper sprayed and lost
But never our soul.

4.
Joshua fought the battle of Bella wall, Bella wall, Bella wall
Joshua fought the battle of Bella wall,
And the wall came tumbling down.

He fought for all our freedom!
A United Nations strong!
On that narrow bridge at the Bella wall,
Chanting all along.

5.
Goldtoth fought the battle of Bella wall, Bella wall, Bella wall
Goldtoth fought the battle of Bella wall,
And the wall came tumbling down.

Indigenous rights for everyone
So Mother Earth gets safe.
Forget the scums! We beat the drums,
And none will be a waif!

6.
Henry fought the battle of Bella wall, Bella wall, Bella wall
Henry fought the battle of Bella wall,
And the wall came tumbling down.

All peasants in this glorious world
Who love their soil so well
They cool the planet to us all
So we don’t go to hell!

7.
Josie fought the battle of Bella wall, Bella wall, Bella wall
Josie fought the battle of Bella wall,
And the wall came tumbling down.

The formal Danes they stopped her
But she stood strong and firm
Non-violent disobedience,
That is what we must learn!

8.
Ian fought the battle of Bella wall, Bella wall, Bella wall
Ian fought the battle of Bella wall,
Occupied a factory!

Wind industries and fisheries,
Agriculture, industry.
Direct producers must unite
Economic democracy

9.
Ricardo fought the battle of Bella wall, Bella wall, Bella wall
Ricardo fought the battle of Bella wall,
And the wall came tumbling down.

They fought well on the inside,
And on the outside too.
Environmentalists and pacifists
Sustainability construe!

10.
Wahu fought the battle of Bella wall, Bella wall, Bella wall
Wahu fought the battle of Bella wall,

People’s Movement on Climate Change.

We fight for social justice,
For global justice too.
National and food sovereignty
Is what we will pursue!

Lidy Nacpil speaking at the People’s Assembly

11.
Lidy fought the battle of Bella wall, Bella wall, Bella wall
Lidy fought the battle of Bella wall,
And the wall came tumbling down.

It’s time to pay the climate debt
That all the rich men owe
And after fair repartiation
We’ll see the peaceful dove!

12.
Evo fought the battle of Bella wall, Bella wall, Bella wall
Evo fought the battle of Bella wall,
And Hugo Chavez too.

Our message her at COP15;
The protesters are right:
System change – not climate change
Now we must start the fight!

13.
Protesters fought the battle of Bella wall, Bella wall, Bella wall
Protesters fought the battle of Bella wall,
And the wall came tumbling down.

One hundred thousand protesters
Two thousand arrested
System change – not climate change
No planet molested!

14.
Danes fought the battle of Bella wall, Bella wall, Bella wall
Danes fought the battle of Bella wall,
Gave protesters a space

At Klimaforum everyone
Had time to all embrace:
System change – not climate change,
For all the human race!

Medics in the protests during COP15

15.
Activists fought the battle of Bella wall, Bella wall, Bella wall
Activists fought the battle of Bella wall,
Affinity groups they grew.

Green medics were arrested
The legal team took note.
Food not bombs, Reclaim the Fields!
They all get our vote!

16.
Networks fought the battle of Bella wall, Bella wall, Bella wall
Networks fought the battle of Bella wall,
And the wall came tumbling down.

Climate Justice Action,
and Climate Justice Now!
We celebrate our clowns today
And Indymedia!

17.
Media fought the battle of Bella wall, Bella wall, Bella wall
Media fought the battle of Bella wall,
And the wall came tumbling down.

The media they are cuties
On violence they will chat.
Celebrities and beauties,
The story goes like that.

18.
Business fought the battle of Bella wall, Bella wall, Bella wall
Business fought the battle of Bella wall,
And the wall came tumbling down.

We here to make some business!
We are so good at that!
System change – not climate change,
Don’t say the earth is flat!

19.
World leaders fought the battle of Bella wall, Bella wall, Bella wall
World leaders fought the battle of Bella wall,
And the wall came tumbling down.

Small island states are crazy,
Bolivia is as well!
We here must show our leadership:
So we can go to hell!

20.
Police fought the battle of Bella wall, Bella wall, Bella wall
Police fought the battle of Bella wall,
And the wall came tumbling down.

We seldom chant it openly:
Beneath that uniform,
You sexy, irresistable
Forget aboút the norm!

21.
Gandhi fought the battle of Bella wall, Bella wall, Bella wall
Gandhi fought the battle of Bella wall,
And the Zapatistas too.

We stop the new imperialists
Boycot consumerism
Constructive program and social change,
No political tourism!

22.
Bente fought the battle of Bella wall, Bella wall, Bella wall
Bente fought the battle of Bella wall,
And the wall came tumbling down.

She said to all let’s trust them
So brave among old men.
There’s no future without young friends,
Branding is a bad omen!

23.
Tadzio fought the battle of Bella wall, Bella wall, Bella wall
Tadzio fought the battle of Bella wall,
From his prison cell.

Anticapitalists are here,
They stand behind the call:
System change – not climate change,
Power reclaimed to all!

24.
Lömmels fought the battle of Bella wall, Bella wall, Bella wall
Lömmels fought the battle of Bella wall,
And the wall came tumbling down.

The claim we all are criminals,
In Danish ”lömmels” all!
This label is so beautiful,
We write on the wall!

25.
Singers fought the battle of Bella wall, Bella wall, Bella wall
Singers fought the battle of Bella wall,
And the wall came tumbling down.

The chanting is our trumpets!
Just hear the fruitful sound:
System change – not climate change,
The whole wide world around!

Information about the names:

The Young Ones Fought the Battle at Bella Wall

Melody: Joshua Fought the Battle of Jericho

1.

The young ones, the dominance of the young in the Reclaim power action was
clear.
2.
Stine Stine Gry Jonassen, spokes person of CJA
3.
Tannie Nyböe, spokes person of CJA
4.
Joshua Kahn Russell from Rain Forest Action network and Democracy Now! who
announced the Reclaim Power action inside the Bella center.
5.
Tom Goldtoth from Indigenous Environmental Network and North America.
6.
Henry  Saragi, general secretary of La Via Campesina International from
Indonesia.
7.
Josie Riffaud, a grower of flowers from Bordeaux in France and Via
Campesina representative in the COP15 process not allowed to represent Via
Campesina in the Klimaforum advisory board due to her support of CJA at a
press confeernce in October.
8.
Ian Terry participated in the occupation of the Danish Vestas wind mill
factory in the Isle of Wight 2009 and spoke at Bella center in the December
12 demonstration. If he actually took part in the Reclaim power action I do
not know but the occupations make him qualified to be part of this song as
I see it.
9.
Ricardo Navarro, chair of Frirnds of the Eart El Salvador and former chair
of FOEI, a strong environmentalist and pacifist fighting environmental
degradation and militarism and participant in the walk-out action. Many
other environmentalists both on the inside and the outside partcipated as
well. On the inside FOEI did not so only Ricardo who was accredited on
another badge and two others from FOE could participate while on the
outside there were quite a few FOE activists and environmental
organizations as Robin Wood from Germany, Lega Ambiente from Italy and
others present.
10.
Wahu Kaara from Kenya debt relief network and People’s Movement on Climate
Change participated in the walk-out action and xspoke at the closing
session of Klimaforum as a reprsentative of a movement that consistently
supported all mass activities at COP15.
11.
Lidy Nacpil from Jubilee South and the anti-debt movement firmly on the
side of protesting movements at COP15.
12.
Evo Morales President of Bolivia, Hugo Chavez president of Venezuela, both
used the tribune at the general assembly of COP15 on Decemeber 16 to
address the protests outside using the same slogan: System change – not
climate change
13.
One hundred thousand protesters, in the december 12 demonstration
Two thousand arrested, 1 000 at the December 12 demonstration, the rest at
50 to 100 other oaccasions.
System change – not climate change, a bloc in the december 12 demonstration
as well as the title of the Klimaforum declaration and included in the
call out for the Reclaim power action.
14.
Danes, the mass actvitity most influenced by Danes during COP15 was the
Klimaforum.
15.
Green medics were arrested, Medics were arrested in the Green bloc close at
Örestad.
The legal team was everywhere
Food not bombs, somewhere I think I saw this good movement mentioned among
the organizers of food service but maybe that was a mistake.
Reclaim the Fields, a new movement in Europe that among other things served
food at the infopoint close to Klimaforum.
16.
Climate Justice Action, and Climate Justice Now! the two networks
organizing Reclaim power
clowns made everyone happy during the march including sometimes the police
who they imitated so well, Indymedia did a hell of a lot good job as well
for reclaim power (as well as many other independent media).
17.
Media – TV2 main Danish TV channel presented the 100 000 demonstration by
showing a catwalk clip and letting a celebrity speaker and top model  from the demonstration state
that there are problems in families as at the COP15 but that in the end
there will be a solution. The top model had made some photographs of Climate victims in Peru.
18.
Business, They are many but do not need to say so much as others says the
same thing as they.
19.
World leaders, you know, US, EU, nowadays also China, Brazil, South Africa
and India.
20.
Police – the head of the police is named Per Larsen, the chanting in the
verse is from the march towards the Bella center
21.
Gandhi and the Zapatistas, no presentation necessary.
22.
Bente Hesselund, Danish CJA activist, former Friends of the Earth Denmark
representative in the Klimaforum, Initiator of the Klimaforum decalaration
process to make the forum more political, later after controverseries
inside FoE Denmark and Klimaforum she left her forum positions, cooperation
partner in FoE Denmark with Via Campesina
23.
Tadzio Müller, spokesperson of CJA arrested december 15.
24.
Lömmel, some kind of horrible person doing criminal things.
25.
Singers, well there were a lot of people singing in the Reclaim poiwer
action

Back ground
I believe that the wall of legitimacy surrounding Bella center and COP15
have fallen on the 16th of December 2009. I know there are many ways to
interpret what happened. To claim that it actually was a victory can in
many ears sound odd, or even politically naive. The police with the help of
the Danish government and support from a great majority of the Danish
population could do whatever they wanted moving democracy back one hundred
years arresting almost one thousand for no reason at all as well as
targetting arrests of spokespersons for non-violence at their wish. The
physical resistance was weak. The mental resistance from Danish
organisatiins was more or less non-existant, on the contrary they with one
exception from the rule internalised the definitions of violence made by
the police. To those hoping for a fair and real deal COP15 was also a
defeat and not a victory.

And yet I claim it was. The chances for a more fair and real deal is better
in the future, formal organizations with some important exceptions have
shown their lack of legitimacy whether they work within the parliamentary
system or only according to rules of pragmatism. Activism without strong
politically allies have equally shown its weakness. But the possibility for
stronger alliances in the future have drastically been moved a great step
forward. We are weak, our opponents are in many way even weaker. Their
power is an empty shell displayed for everyone to see, and we can by action
and commitment tell the story and change politics with the Reclaim Power
action as a base.

On my blog I have been trying to make an empirical account of what happened
in the reclaim power action on the 16th of December
http://www.aktivism.info/socialforumjourney/?p=953. This inspired me to
also make the song below. You get it in two versions. First the shorter one
with 11 verses used 18th of August in a demonstration in support of CJA spokespersons ahead of trials, then the longer one with 25 verses.It was first used at a European Preparatory Assembly in Berlin for the Euopean Social Forum Social Forum in Istanbul.

Of course it becomes
boring for those who were not there. I anyway couldn’t stop myself once I
begun. All the verses built on an attempt at recognizing what happened, the
chants actually used, the political and practical content and those that
made it. Some is of course not understandable outside the context. To me
there were a lot of new words used in the COP15 process that I had not seen
used as much before. Branding was one of them that I found highly
problematic. Formal organizations, that is the Danish ones, were also a big
problem. Formal international organizations were the opposite, some of
them, especially People’s Movement on Climate Change that insisted on
bringing all the mass activities together as much as possible and
contribute to all of them in a supportive manner and La Via Campesina
International with the general secretary Henry Saragi and the responsible
for COP15 action, Josie Riffaud, so much opposed by Danish formal
organizations.

I include after the song short information about the people mentioned.
English is not my mother tongue so I guess there are many ways to make this
song better. Exclude verses, change, and add the way you like:

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